As they always do, local malls are opening their doors to little trick-or-treaters looking for candy and parents who aren't keen on roaming their neighborhoods at dark.
Here's a list with information about many of the mall events across the region. I'll note that I've heard complaints over the years from parents, who say that their kids often come away with more coupons and fliers and not much candy. And, if the weather is stormy (which doesn't seem likely this weekend), be prepared for big crowds.
More Halloween and fall fun activities are in our database.
Park West Village in Morrisville hosts its Fall Festival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 29. Trick-or-treating happens from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then, cuddle up in your blankets and chairs for a free outdoor screening of a kid-friendly Halloween movie from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be free cotton candy, a bounce house and popcorn.
Crossroads Plaza in Cary will host a Trick-or-Treat on the Plaza from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 31. It takes place in the parking lot by Old Navy. Spider-Man, a Star Wars Storm Trooper and Elsa will be on hand. There also will be face painting and other activities.
Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh invites trick-or-treaters ages 10 and under for activities from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31. In addition to trick-or-treating, kids can make slime in a Slime Lab with Mop Top the Hip Hop Scientist and Lollipop in the Promotional Court area. There's also a free costume photo opportunity in Center Court.
Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield will host trick-or-treating for kids in costume, ages 12 and under, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 31. Pick up a list of participating stores and trick-or-treat bag, while supplies last, from Simon Guest Services, located between Nike and Dairy Queen.
University Mall in Chapel Hill will host trick-or-treating from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 31. Costume contest prizes will be awarded to kids 11 and under, along with family groups.
Cary's Safe-N-Sane Halloween Celebration is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31, at Cary Towne Center. Trick-or-treat around the mall, enjoy storytelling, and watch a magic show.
Tanger Outlets in Mebane will host its first Tricks and Treats Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31. Kids ages 2 to 10 are invited for trick-or-treating with their adults. There also is entertainment, street performers, mascots and more.
Waverly Place in Cary's annual Halloween Party on the Promenade is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 31. Activities include trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, games, costume contest and more. Trick-or-treating is from noon to 2 p.m.
Millstone Towne Center in Hope Mills will host trick-or-treating from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 31.